Career Partnerships Program

The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.

— Pope St. Gregory the Great

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Career Partnerships Program Overview

Applications Open for the Career Partnerships Program The Career Partnerships Program (CPP) builds professional skills and offers concrete experiences for students to explore college and career. The goal is to give students the information, skills, inspiration and motivation that they need to shape their own futures. In meetings, trainings and the once-each-semester mini-retreat, students learn communication and networking skills and discuss issues that relate to both their present and their future. On college trips students tour nearby universities, meet with O’Dowd alums and evaluate what they want in a college.

Workplace trips and special events introduce students to a variety of professionals and careers. Deeper exploration of careers is also available through shadowing and internship possibilities. The CPP is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. For more information see the information sheet or contact Kathleen Purcellvia email or phone at (510) 577-9100 ext. 309.

To apply for the 2013-14 CPP, complete the application form and turn it in by May 21, 2013. Action on applications will be by email in early June and will require a student email reply (just a little practice in professional communication skills!)

What We Do

  • Shadowing introduces students to career partners -- professionals doing important and interesting work. Students enter a professional workplace, watch the career partner at work, and talk about issues -- college, career, life choices, the role of professionals in the community, their ability to work for the greater good, and the impact of economic and social factors related to that profession, including gender and ethnicity.
  • Group events, where students meet different types of professionals, expand the student’s sense of possibility and offer insight into a variety of fields.

  • College visits are a window into the student’s own future. Students meet professors, interact with college students, and explore what they want in a college.
  • Before meeting professionals, students will have thought about what they want to accomplish with this experience and prepared questions they want to ask. We also coach students in the culture, etiquette and norms of the professional environment.
  • Students learn communication and networking skills that will serve them in school and throughout their lives.  Guided reflection helps students get the most from their experiences.
  • CPP students receive individual attention to help them identify their interests, develop their skills, and meet professionals who will help them pursue their dreams.

O’Dowd Students in Life Like Medical Simulations at Samuel Merritt University

Students got a phenomenal opportunity to experience a high end medical simulation suite for training anesthesiologists at Samuel Merritt University.

They also go the opportunity to participate in a high end infant care simulation suite at Samuel Merritt University.

Some student testimonials as they come in:

Ms. Purcell,
I really enjoyed the trip to the University and I greatly appreciate the time the team took teach us about the simulations. Going through simulations only increased my excitement of going into the medical field. I really loved learning how to give a person a shot and how to take vital signs. Also, being apart of simulations was really fun. The whole trip was important to me because I really felt connected to the work their were doing there, and I felt I was meant to be apart of the goals they were striving towards. This trip only made my urge to become a doctor even greater than before and I can’t wait until I can graduate from O’Dowd, move on to college, and then hopefully medical school.

Thank you for arranging the trip!!
Zoe Appel

Career Partnerships Program College Visits

Career Partnerships Program College Visits:  CPP has room on the following college trips.  Students who wish to attend, please contact Kathleen Purcell:  Families will also need to submit the attached parent permission and health care form.

St. Mary’s College:  Friday, March 7, 2014, 1:30-5:00 pm.  Travel by school van.

UC Davis:  Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:45am-5:30pm.  Travel by school bus.

Stanford University:  April 25, 2014, 8:45am to 4:00pm.  Travel by school bus.

CPP Evening with the Professionals

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CPP at St. Mary’s Kinesiology

Students ran on treadmills, testing breathing metrics and physical healthy at St. Mary’s on this Career Partnership Program field trip.

CPP at Federal Building

Students met his Honor Judge Henderson and the FBI.


CPP Tours Oakland Forensics Lab

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Opportunity to Visit Colleges and Universities

The Career Partnerships Program is sponsoring field trips to a number of nearby colleges and universities. Students who are not members of CPP, may attend attend when there is space. The following trips have space:

University of San Francisco: Friday, September 27, 12:30-7:00 pm (teacher permission to miss 7th period class is required.)

UC Merced: Saturday, September 28, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

UC Santa Cruz: Saturday, October 12, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

St. Mary’s College, Kinesiology Department, October 14 (holiday) 9:30 am-3:00 pm

Santa Clara University: Saturday, October 19, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

CPP Visits SF General and Highland Hospital

Day 1 (june 4) at Ward 86, the HIV/AIDS clinic at SF General — that’s the picture in front of the building door and with the hearts. They met an array of providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and social workers, plus a couple of patients. They learned about HIV/AIDS, toured the clinic, heard about its history and learned about this model wrap-around program.

Day 2 (June 6) at Highland Hospital where they toured various labs and departments, including the Cathater Lab, Catscan room, the Phlebotomy Lab and the Emergency Department. Again they met an array of providers and learned about the work of the Alameda County Medical Center, the rewards and challenges of being a safety net facility and the various medical professionals involved. All the other pictures are from these various locations at Highland.

CPP Visits Sam Merritt University

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